You Food, Your Health
A case study from the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and their BAB-funded project, Your Food, Your Health.

Phil is a volunteer at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre with the Your Food Your Health project. He joined as a participant and is now volunteering with the project; taking peer led weekly cookery groups.

‘Finding my feet in a large kitchen again for the first time in 30 years gave me the confidence to become a volunteer facilitator with Wellspring, helping out with the cooking class and now running the group in the future with another volunteer. Wellspring paid for me to do the Level 2 Food and Hygiene training course so I am now fully trained.

I also volunteered with the running of the Blue Monday event to bring people together through food and board games to combat isolation and loneliness, which I very much enjoyed.

Wellspring have also encouraged me to participate in training courses arranged by BAB and LinkAge. I attended courses on working with older members of the Somali community and older people who are carers, plus in the future a course on working with older people with dementia.

Since attending the cooking sessions, I have been asked to join the Your Food Your Health steering group which aim to promote the benefits of a healthy diet and I am very much looking forward to being more involved.

This has improved my confidence and experience, and encouraged and assisted me to take a more prominent role with Wellspring, Talking Tables and Bristol Meets the World in the future’.

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